U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) will be joined by National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith this Friday morning for a tour of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park to see firsthand the $2.1 million in long-delayed maintenance needs at the site.
The site would benefit from bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Portman and supported by the Trump administration called the Restore Our Parks Act, which would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service. The bill has been praised by key stakeholders across the country.
Notably, the Restore Our Parks Act would help tackle the more than $100 million maintenance backlog at Ohio’s eight national park sites. The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last month approved the bill by a bipartisan vote of 19-4. Specifically, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park has $2.1 million in unmet maintenance needs such as building renovations and infrastructure improvements.